What did you study at school?
I covered virtually everything at GCSE, achieving 13 A*- B qualifications. I also completed my Level 2 BTEC in Aviation Studies through Air Cadets.
I didn’t study anything obviously engineering-related at A-Level: Biology, English Language, Health and Social Care. However, I’m glad I did my A-Levels, as it has given me that little bit more experience.
Why did you think an apprenticeship was the right path for your career development?
I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do. I couldn’t write a convincing personal statement because I simply had too many options. I always thought I’d go to university but I was only really interested in getting the degree, I didn’t think the ‘uni lifestyle’ was really for me. I realised that doing an Apprenticeship was a win-win situation as I would be earning money, gaining work experience and qualifications, and may even have the chance to complete my degree.
What is your current role at Leonardo?
I currently work as a Hardware Technician. I started my apprenticeship in 2015; over the four year duration, I predominantly worked in Hardware Engineering, designing and developing schematics and printed circuit boards (PCBs). In 2016, I developed a test interface board for BriteCloud 218, working with Lead and Design Engineers to support the fulfilment of their customer requirements. My design has now been used in trials across the globe. I also had the opportunity to work in Applied Research, looking at new and emerging technologies, before starting my current role.